SINGAPORE: Indian-origin politician Halimah Yacob scripted history today by becoming the first woman Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament, replacing Michael Palmer who was forced to quit over his extra-marital affair.
58-year-old Halimah, an Indian-origin Muslim, resigned yesterday as Minister of State for Ministry of Social and Family Development.
She filled the position vacated by Palmer, former People’s Action Party MP who stepped down on December 12, 2012, over an extramarital affair.
Halimah was nominated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to be elected as Speaker.
Halimah, a former labor lawyer and a mother of five, is a Member of Parliament from the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), having entered politics in 2001.